derek ruths || network dynamics

Conducting network analysis without a cluster

For all the wonderful things we hear about how compute clusters enable the analysis of massive datasets, the sad truth is that few researchers can use them to analyze large network datasets. This is due both practical and theoretical issues.From a practical perspective, clusters are expensive, their administration requires non-trivial time and technical knowledge, and […]

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Tweets pay tribute to the New iPad

Excited about the New iPad? We are too – and we’re not alone. The Apple announcement generated a lot of buzz on Twitter. Here’s our take on what everybody was talking about: The New iPad in Tweets.To our surprise, of all the New iPad’s features, 4G LTE took the prize as the most popular one. […]

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Workshop teaches street fighting with Python

This past Thursday Mathieu Perreault and Derek held a Python workshop entitled Street Fighting with Python. The workshop material demonstrated how in situations where you have few other resources at hand (such as in a street fight), Python is a versatile and powerful tool. Mathieu and Derek showcased a number of libraries that ship with […]

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McGill CS ranks 23rd in the world

For some time, McGill has enjoyed informal recognition as a world-class institution for Computer Science education. This has finally been validated in the first ever international ranking of Computer Science and Information Systems programs, which placed McGill’s CS program at 23rd.Our department is home to professors with expertise ranging from robotics to computational genetics to […]

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Workshop brings together McGill and Toronto researchers

On May 13th the bioinformatics and systems biology communities from McGill and the University of Toronto met for a day of talks, posters, and discussions. This was the first time the two communities, both well-known research centers, had ever come together to explore areas of mutual interest and opportunities for future collaboration. The workshop is […]

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Using Twitter on a phone changes how you tweet

If you access Twitter through a smartphone, then chances are that you use online social platforms quite differently from those who use web browsers and desktop clients to login to their accounts. This is the general finding advanced in a paper by Mathieu Perreault and Derek Ruths that was recently accepted to the International Conference […]

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